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Rifiano il located on a terrace at the entrance of the Val Passiria valley, where the mild climate of Merano meets the alpine mountain air of the Val Passiria.

The municipality of Rifiano is located at the western side of the Val Passiria at an altitude of 504 m a.s.l., only 5 km from the city of Merano. Its position on a south-east oriented terrace fosters the growth of grapevines and chestnut forests. Also the mild climate, which at Rifiano meets the fresh alpine air of the Val Passiria also contributes to the fact that Rifiano offers ideal conditions for your stay.

Inhabited by some 1,290 people in the Gruppo di Tessa nature park, the municipality is surrounded by forests and meadows, providing ideal hiking conditions. The Rifiano Waalweg path (Roggia di Rifiano) and the Alta Via Meranese high path are probably the most famous trails in the surroundings. The latter passes the mountain villages of Campo, Vernurio e Gaves, located between 1,000 and 1,400 m a.s.l.

Rifiano is by the way also known by pilgrims, as it hosts the Lady of Sorrows pilgrimage church and a chapel of grace, which are also worth to be visited from an historic and artistic viewpoint. Also the municipal coat of arms of Rifiano, illustrating parts of a steeple, refers to the above mentioned pilgrimage church.

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